A Tipping Point
Len at Dark Bilious Vapors
and Steve at The News Blog
via DC Media Girl
pointed to Larry Johnson's article
on the death of Casey Sheehan.
I went out and did a little research and have concluded that when the history of Iraqi Freedom
is written this period will be identified as the beginning of the disaster that the war in Iraq has become.
In late March through early April in 2004 a series of events plunged the US into a quagmire.
Rumsfeld made the decision to replace major units, rather than individuals to accomplish troop rotations. This meant that most of the troops involved in these events were "green" from privates to flag officers. There were major losses among the new units because they lacked the equipment or experience to protect themselves.
This was the period when the death and mutilation of the four mercenaries occurred in Fallujah and the US said: 'We will respond' to contractor killings
This is when Paul Bremer decided to go after Muqtada al-Sadr by having the Iraqi government issue an arrest warrant for him, by closing down his newspaper, and by having the Spanish pick up one of his deputies.
The April 7, 2004
post by Riverbend of Baghdad Burning
gives you a feeling for what was going on in the city.
Things spun out of control as CNN reported
on Tuesday, April 06, 2004: "...in Baghdad and at least four cities in the country's south, U.S. and coalition troops battled supporters of Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr for a third day."
No mention of April 2004 would be complete without the crowning event: Abu Ghraib
reported by CBS and Seymour M. Hersh.
Quiddity at Uggabugga
has a bar graph
that shows that since this outbreak in 2004 our casualties have exceeded the first year. Notice that the worse casualties occur during April, the changeover month.
Casey Sheehan died because of Paul Bremer's annoyance with Muqtada al-Sadr and Donald Rumsfeld's rotation concept. Nothing has been accomplished in the effort to reconstruct Iraq since April 2004. The infrastructure of Iraq was in better shape on the day the fall of Saddam's statue was stage-managed for a photo op [April, 9, 2003], than anytime since.
[Edited to clear up the path and provide a direct link to Larry Johnson.]